lean back


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lean back

1. To bend or recline backwards. Here, lean back on the sofa and put this ice pack on your head. She leaned back and whispered something in her friend's ear.
2. To bend or recline someone or something backwards. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "lean" and "back." The barber leaned me back to wash my hair in the basin. I leaned the large bookshelf back so Tom could vacuum underneath it.
See also: back, lean

lean back (on someone or something)

to recline backwards, pressing on someone or something. Don't lean back on me! I'm not a chair! Lean back on the couch and tell me what you are thinking.
See also: back, lean

lean back

[for someone] to recline backwards, usually in a chair. Lean back and make yourself comfortable. Let's lean back and be comfortable.
See also: back, lean
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An adjustable cushion lets you lean back and rock or sit up tall to study.
Just tuck the plastic plugs in your nostrils, lean back and inhale.
Poached egg, one rasher of lean back bacon, grilled tomato, reduced fat sausage, slice of wholemeal toast with low-fat spread.
One step back into shadow, an unguarded moment out of the spotlight just long enough to lean back, sip from a plastic cup, flip a microphone cord into place.
THE actress with a lean back was Charlize Theron, not Scarlett Johansson, though her back is also lean (3am Magazine, Page 29, June 9).
The moment draws soft sighs of delight from dozens of guests who lean back, stare into space and leave their earthly troubles behind.
The force of the blow caused Yarbrough to lean back a little, but then the giant leaned forward.
It's nice as an actor to lean back in a chair and say, 'Yeah.
If you are under a low spot and the surge lifts you, don't lean back,'' the guide says.
Other researchers previously have reported people suffering strokes at hair salons when they lean back for a shampoo.
Pick any song - ``A Time For Love,'' live with his trio, or Sonny Rollins' ``Oleo'' with a quartet, ``Giant Steps'' solo in the studio or ``You Took Advantage of Me,'' playing acoustic guitar behind Fitzgerald - and then just lean back and marvel.
For example, while herbal tea is known for its relaxing and soothing qualities, high consumption of such beverages also can lower blood pressure and put people at risk of fainting in the dental chair when they lean back for an extended period, Shapira explained.